My “happy, nappy, hair care affairs,” which became known as Hair Days, started in May,
1998, when I invited my friends to come to my house in Dallas to engage in the simple act of grooming and maintaining
our natural hair. Hair Days started out as gatherings of African American females and children but evolved into gatherings
that included men and people of various cultures and hair textures!
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The original Hair Days were casual and communal pot luck affairs held in private homes where visitors
were encouraged to bring their own towel and hair products if they came seeking someone willing to do their hair. I have also
sponsored Hair Day gatherings that were larger public events that involved entertainment, presentations and vending opportunities.
Some of the Hair Day gatherings were themed events. We had Yoga Hair Day, Honorary
Brothers’ Hair Day, Kid’s Hair Day and a Natural Hair Day held at a nature center! My annual "Hair
Day Read-In,” now known as Hairitage Read-In is an open mic event that focused on readings, reflections and spoken word
about hair matters. My Hair Day concept which has traditional African roots, has spread internationally, with many gathering
to practice the simple but culturally significant act of doing each other’s hair.